Obstetrics / Maternity Quality Measures
The Obstetrics team at Cedars-Sinai strives to deliver the highest quality of care to all patients. As part of this commitment, we are dedicated to providing transparency for our patient outcome rates across a number of procedures.
The information below provides an in-depth look at the data for key procedures performed by Cedars-Sinai. These reports aim to reduce ambiguity in procedure outcome data, so that patients and their loved ones can make decisions with the utmost confidence regarding their medical care.
More than 6,000 deliveries are performed at Cedars-Sinai annually. The Cedars-Sinai departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology are dedicated to providing high-quality patient care, and track a number of measures to support this effort.
Additional pregnancy quality care data is submitted to The Joint Commission on a quarterly basis and made available for public review.
Safe and Effective Care Given During Labor and Delivery
When a woman delivers a baby vaginally there are fewer possible complications for both mother and child. In some circumstances, it is necessary to intervene with surgery by delivering the baby using a cesarean section.
If this occurs during a woman's first pregnancy, it is considered a primary cesarean delivery, and puts the woman at increased risk for complications in future pregnancies (such as repeat cesarean delivery). A quality care goal is a low percentage of first births by cesarean section (low primary cesarean rate).
Pain Management During Labor
Fear of a painful labor and delivery can cause some women anxiety about giving birth. In managing labor pain, an obstetrician has to weigh the benefits of less pain and anxiety during labor with the effects of various pain management options on the mother and the infant.
Sensitivity and reactions to pain are highly individual. An important measure of the quality of care a pregnant woman received is her perception of how well her labor pains were managed during delivery.
The chart below compares the percentage of Cedars-Sinai patients who stated that they had the right amount of pain medicine compared to percentage of women delivering babies nationally, based on the average responses of women surveyed by the NRC/Picker Institute.
Labor and Delivery Patient Satisfaction
The charts below illustrate how women rated their experience with Cedars-Sinai, and how willing women were to recommend Cedars-Sinai, compared to women surveyed nationally about their experiences and recommendations for their own hospitals, based on the responses of women gathered by the NRC/Picker Institute.
The Joint Commission has established treatment guidelines that when followed have been shown to help patients recover more quickly with fewer complications or lasting effects. Cedars-Sinai's performance for The Joint Commission measures compared to other medical centers and hospitals around the nation are highlighted below.
Evidence shows that the practices described in the left column lead to better outcomes for patients who come to a hospital for birthing care. This data represents all hospitals across the United States that report data to The Joint Commission.